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10 Random Quick Facts

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Featureflash / Featureflash / Text Version: Fact #671: You should think twice before saying, “When Hell freezes over.” In fact, it freezes over quite frequent in the small village of Hell, Norway where sub-zero temperatures are not that uncommon in the winter. The name for the town derives from the Old Norse “hellir,” which meant “cliff cave” or […]

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10 Quick Random Facts

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meunierd / Text Version: Fact 661: Edgar Allen Poe married his first cousin, Virginia Clemm , when he was 26 and she 13. She died just 11 years later, inspiring some of his more famous poems, such as “The Raven” and “Annabel Lee”. A friend of Poe’s, Charles Burr, wrote, “Many times, after the death of his beloved wife, […]

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10 More Random Interesting Facts

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Harmony Gerber / Chris Harvey / miker / Photo by flipchip / Text Version- Fact 651: “Here Comes Dots” is an anagram of “The Morse Code” Fact 652: The film “The Day After Tomorrow” could have been more succinctly titled “Overmorrow”, which is the English word for the day after tomorrow, first popping up in English […]

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10 Random Interesting Facts

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Mitch Gunn / Featureflash / Shirley Henderson- image source/ author- nicolas genin Featureflash / Text Version: Fact 641: In the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the person who finished in fourth place in the women’s high jump was actually a man, German athlete Heinrich Ratjen. Two years later, he won a gold medal setting a new “women’s” world […]

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10 Random Amazing Facts

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Featureflash / Featureflash / Leonard Zhukovsky / Andy Lidstone / s_bukley / Text Version: Fact 611: During the filming of the movie Troy where Brad Pitt played Achilles, he tore his Achilles tendon… What did Pitt have to say on the matter, “It’s sad, it’s stupid… It’s so wrong. It’s such a bad headline.” Fact […]

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Jordan Tan / MISHELLA / s_bukley / Text Version: Fact 601: The “Red Bull” energy drink gets its name from the Thai energy drink that inspired Dietrich Mateschitz to create Red Bull, “Krating Daeng”, with “daeng” meaning “red”, and “krating” being a reddish-brown bovine. Fact 602: “Hack the System” blogger Maneesh Sethi once hired a woman for […]

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20 Random Amazing Facts

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MISHELLA / Northfoto / Text Version: Fact 556: A popular additive to many perfumes, Ambergris, comes from the intestines of sperm whales. When it’s fresh, not surprisingly, it smells like crap, but then later begins to smell sweet and “earthy”. Fact 557:Jumping Badger was the birth name of famed Indian chief Sitting Bull… His father’s name was Jumping […]

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20 More Amazing Facts

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Kiev.Victor / Christopher Halloran / Featureflash / Frontpage / Joe Seer / fmua / Text Version: Fact 536: “Seuss” in “Dr. Seuss” is actually pronounced “Zoice” (think “voice”). Theodor Geisel used the name in honor of his mother, whose maiden name was “Seuss”. As most Americans mispronounced the Bavarian name, Geisel eventually gave up […]

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